As politicians hit the hustings across the Solomon Islands two weeks out from a general election in the South Pacific archipelago, the loyalty of one of Taiwan's few remaining allies is in the balance.
The massive oil spill next to the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Solomon Islands is straining the lives of local residents who they have been forced to drink rainwater as fresh water has been contaminated.
Australia is sending more help to the Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands to stop oil from a grounded cargo ship destroying a World Heritage-listed marine sanctuary, Australia's foreign minister said on Sunday.
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